Yeah, who needs tropical vacations? Just kidding, those are great, but if you can't do that, be sure to get out and enjoy the Lake Michigan beaches this summer--they're free!
: People don’t fly all the way to Hawaii for the beaches, but rather because the islands offer abundant things to do after tourists finish their surf lessons and hula show. Along the Third Coast, Petoskey plays the same role, satisfying both the beach bums and the energetic folks in a group.
One of several all-American communities cozied up along picturesque Little Traverse Bay, a cove of Lake Michigan blessed with postcard views and low humidity, Petoskey is the biggest and most popular destination between hip Traverse City and historic Mackinac Island (both close enough for there-and-back excursions).
The rest of the article is online here
Source: Indianapolis Monthly